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    What is the Parish Pastoral Council?  Prior to 1999 parishes in our diocese functioned with a group of men and women, elected by the parish members under the heading of Parish Council.  There were four major committees that assisted the Pastor in managing the day-to-day tasks of running a parish.In the year 2000, the Bishop asked all the parishes to adopt a new model of operation call...
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  • 03.03.12
    We are excited to inform you that we now offer Online Giving! As a church that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want. Online Giving offers you the opportunity to make secure, automatic contributions from your bank [or credit card] account to our church.As we begin this new program, you may notice your neighbors placin...
  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 11.30.14
The Shepherd's Voice 11.30.14


We live in a very fast paced world: instant “News Alerts” on the television, cell phones, instant e-mail messages or texts. It is a quick way to communicate to our family and friends, receive up to the minute traffic and weather reports on the radio during morning and afternoon rush hour traffic, everything is right here and right now. 

Today we begin a new season, a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It evokes a sense of the future and of expectation. Advent prepares us for Christmas. This Sunday is a chance to slow down and make a new beginning in our following of Christ as we anticipate the coming of the Lord. 

All the readings this weekend focus on being ready and watchful. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, we read how repentant people address a prayer to God. They want to turn from their old ways of being sinful and wandering away from God to turning their hearts and minds to him. In the Second reading to the Corinthians, Paul’s greeting reminds us of all of God’s special blessings. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his followers that they must wait patiently for the second coming of Christ by their faith each day. 

This weekend’s readings concentrate on the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world. We should not be afraid of the Lord’s coming, but await it with confidence, vigilance and prayer. Let us turn times of enforced waiting into opportunities for Advent-orientated prayer and reflections. If we feel rushed to decorate for Christmas, write Christmas Cards, shop and wrap gifts, attend work and holiday parties, concerts and pageants, and other commitments, let us stop, look and listen to be alert for the Lord’s coming. 


Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service this coming Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. Other Penance services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes:  Thursday, December 4 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.  Tuesday, December 9 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent)  Tuesday, December 16 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

On Wednesday, December 10 all parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Scrip Program With the Christmas Shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory. 

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. They are also available at the Rectory Office during normal business hours. 

Business Manager Jan Kowalski our Current Business Manager has decided to resign from her position as of December 31 to complete her Master’s Degree in Education at Slippery Rock University. I am very thankful for her service keeping our parish and school budgets on stable ground and overseeing several major renovation projects in our church and school. 

Recently I met with members of our Finance Council and Staff and we are pleased to welcome Allison Williams as the new part-time Business Manager effective January 1, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Allison is a parishioner and Cantor and has worked in two parishes as the Business Manager in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Congratulations Congratulations to Antonio Frank Verbene who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Darin and Dawn Fabian and their children Isabella, Joel, Allyson and Elizabeth Fabian and Peter and Anne Schlict who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… With patience, it is possible to dig a well with a teaspoon. - Ukrainian Proverb 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it